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GovernMania MMXIX


News Headline: “GOP senator disinvited to Republican event over vote against Trump’s emergency declaration.”
Bad Republican.
Good American.
The two seem more and more to go together these days.

Frontiers of science


News Headline: “Intel and the Department of Energy are building America’s first exascale supercomputer, a computer capable of a quintillion calculations per second.”
But again:
Aren’t we just taking the computer’s word for it?

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Optimism Month.
And March.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

The CIA’s Style Manual and Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications wants you to know:
+ ” ‘Data,’ ‘media,’ ‘criteria,’ ‘phenomena’ are plural and require plural verbs. . . . One never satisfies a criteria or observes a phenomena.”
+ “ ‘All right.’ Never ‘alright.’ ”
+ “ ‘Different from’ is correct; ‘different than’  is not.”
+ “ ‘Hanged’ is the past tense of hang when referring to an execution; ‘hung’ is the proper past tense in all other meanings.”
And keep in mind as you write:
You may be subject to enhanced editing.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


Howard Schultz, a potential presidential candidate in 2020, on his chances as an independent:
“There is a credible path for an independent to win more than the necessary 270 electoral votes — a key criteria in my consideration of whether to run.”
Another criterion might involve finding a candidate who knows the difference between singlular and plural.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it isn’t “gild the lily,” but “paint the lily”?
Evidently.

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From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day 109 years ago Peter De Vries was born, and if you want to know why this writer is worth reading, consider:
“Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ”
Which isn’t to mention:
+ “The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.”
+ “A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery. Today she would rate no better than a C-plus.”
+ “Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.”
+ “It is final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.”
A De Vries novel to start with is The Vale of Laughter.
You can work your way up to The Blood of the Lamb.

Lest we forget that the Dark Ages were a faith-based initiative


News Headline:
“Donald Trump emerges as unexpected champion in White House for evangelicals.”
There seems to be a misunderstanding here.
Evangelicals may think Trump is speaking in tongues.
But he’s only trying to speak English.

From Poor QT’s Almanack



Today’s Birthdays:
Henry VII, 562; Clement IX, 319; Mustafa III, 202; Super Bowl XXIV, 29.

And Ukraine is paying for it


News Headline: “Russia completes wall on Ukraine-Crimea border.”
Donald Trump tries.
Vladimir Putin succeeds.

Ho, Ho, Ho!


Who hides in a bakery at Christmastime?
A mince spy.
Ho, Ho, Ho!
That should do it until QT returns later this week.
Ho, Ho, Ho!
Only one thing left to say:
Merry (QT offers this statement without representation or warranty as to the effects or repercussions thereof upon any and all persons who might elect to celebrate the holiday as represented therein and with the understanding that any persons taking such actions without such representation or warranty do so with the express understanding that they have agreed to indemnify and hold QT harmless from the effects thereof) Christmas!